Iran admits sending drones to Russia 'before war in Ukraine'

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Iran admitted for the first time on Saturday that it has sent drones to Russia, but insisted they were supplied before Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Read our live blog to catch up with the day's developments. All times are in Paris time (GMT + 1).

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8:11pm: External power restored to Ukraine's Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant

External power has been restored to Ukraine's Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant two days after it was disconnected from the power grid after Russian shelling damaged high voltage lines, the UN nuclear watchdog said on Saturday.

Both the plant's external power lines were repaired and reconnection started on Friday afternoon, Rafael Mariano Grossi, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), said in a statement.

Grossi reiterated his call for the establishment of a nuclear safety and security protection zone around the plant to prevent a nuclear accident, adding: "We can't afford to lose any more time. We must act before it is too late."

4:00pm: Wagner Group opens new headquarters in Saint Petersburg

FRANCE 24's international affairs commentator Douglas Herbert recaps the history of Wagner and talks about the group's new headquarters now open in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

3:23pm: Ukrainian officials say Iran must recognise consequences of 'complicity' in Russia's invasion

Pushilin blamed Kyiv.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP, AP and REUTERS)

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